St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

St. Matthew's BBQ Chicken

St. Matthew's is a friendly churrasqueira with low prices and almost always a little bit of a line. It's a family business that's been operating for over two decades.

Most things are served lunch counter style, though they're presented beautifully even in the warming trays.

St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

Their famous half-grilled chicken is tough to beat at just $6, $11 with rice and potatoes. The chicken is perfectly moist and nicely smoky with the slightest hint of light grease, and the potatoes and rice have that rich depth of flavour characteristic of those sides done well. Make sure to douse everything in their famous hot sauce: smoky and spicy but flavourful.

St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

The steak is a juicy tender striploin with homemade mushroom gravy that they should try making poutine with. It comes with sadly underdone fries, and though they do actually make sort of a surprisingly good vehicle for that delicious peppery gravy, oven roasted or steamed veggies would probably be a better option.

St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

The unexpected St. Matthew's cod ($14) is a secret grandmother's recipe. It's a flaky, mild, white fish that's as juicy as the other proteins, oven roasted with a simple combo of olive oil, caramelized onions, and love. It's also topped with a few black olives that add a bitter zing. On the side we have a simple garden salad.

St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

The inside is nothing to write home - it makes me feel partly like I'm in a cafeteria and partly like I've just barged into an older man's living room - there's a TV playing soccer and at least one guy watching.

St Matthews BBQ Chicken Toronto

Photos by Hector Vasquez


St. Matthew's BBQ Chicken

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